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Over the Backyard Fence in Sherman 10/25/12

October 31, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Sherman Wildcats den

SHERMAN - The Sherman Central School news reminds folk the Labels for Education is a fun and easy program SCS families and members of the Sherman community can use to work together towards a common goal to "earn free stuff" for the school.

All folk need to do is collect UPCs and beverage and/or sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products, submit their earnings through the Labels for Education programs and with bonus offers, the school earns points that can be redeemed for merchandise.

The school is presently having a class challenge. Each elementary child has been given a pumpkin page to take home and try to fill with labels for education.

At the end of the month of October, the children will return them to school to tally. The classroom that brings in the most labels will get a party pizza and drinks. Even if the whole page isn't full, they are to send the labels in anyway as the class could win first place. More pages are available to give to families, friends and neighbors by asking Judy Warren.

John Keating, history teacher at SCS, recently received the VFW 2012 National Citizenship Education National Teacher Award. He was also recognized at the post, county district and department levels.

Each year the VFW recognizes the nation's top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America's history traditions. Keating was awarded the award for grades 6 to 8.

Retired Superintendent Raymond Cenni nominated Keating for this awards.

"Mr. Keating is a highly qualified educator," Cenni wrote. "He provides his students with the opportunities to live history, become aware of what this country has to offer, instills patriotism and a sense of pride in their country. His students gain a respect for our country's traditions and institutions. He organized student trips to Gettysburg, plans history trips, invites veterans into his classroom to discuss their military experiences just too mention a few of his coo-curriculum activities. Mr. Keeting actually lives what he teaches by demonstrating it by his actions. His students highly respect him as well as his peers. He also encourages the students to participate in the patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests."

Sherman School Superintendent Kane Kelly and Principal Michael Ginestre were on hand as Sixth District VFW Commander Dan Kell presented Keating with a plaque for the school. VFW Post 8647 scholarships committee chairman Deborah Cenni presented citations to Keating and the school which read, "Teachers change our society one day, one class lesson, one student at a time. There's no more important job. And there's no one who does the role better. Thank You."

Happy birthday greetings

Oct. 25: David Hostetler

Oct. 27: Trevor Gleason

Oct. 28: Josh Cole, Brayden Hayes, Stacey Phelps

Oct. 29: Daryn Coon, Julie DeLeLellis, Miranda Nickerson

Oct. 30: Abigail Cole, Justin Henning, Sofia Marie Rater

Oct. 31: Rose Crane, Amber Hurlbut, Cindy Stoddard



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